Friday, January 6, 2012

my safe place


do you have a safe place?

Where is your safe place?  As a child this was in your mom’s arms or maybe standing behind your big brother.  It might have been a special place like a tree house or your room or at the creek near your house.  All of us have had those places where we felt safe.

Some of mine … as a child making a special play room out of my closet, I remember the creek near our farm was so calm, as a young adult a friend let me spend time near the pond on their farm outside of town, since I’m a bit older it is often my chair after the kids are in bed … that is just some of my safe places through the years, but one thing that links almost all of those is that I remember something spiritual happening there.

In that safe place I heard from God, found confidence, was able to pray and wait and even knew God was there with me.  We need safe places.

When I think of this topic, I am often horrified by the fact that some people, especially children, don’t have a safe place.  Their home is a war zone.  Family and friends have brought pain and not safety.  We need safe places.

God offers this to His kids.  As His kids we can offer others safe places as we come to understand what God has given us.

The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.

Get to know God.  He is for us.  He is providing us with safety and confidence.  We can and must run to Him all the time, not just when trouble comes up.

You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.

Knowing God’s word leads us into safety.  King David said that he put God’s word into his heart so he could avoid sin and stay close to God.  When we get close to God, we find hope and safety from Him.

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

I’ve been in trouble, and I’ve run in to trouble.  Those times have led me to trust even more in the place where I am safe.  That is in God.  God is my safe place.

May God fill us with hope.  I understand that my safe place can be many different places or just one place.  But it is there that I spend time with God, hear from Him and leave renewed and energized.  Then I can lead others to safety.  Do you have a safe place? 

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

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